Bethel Census Area

Bethel Census Area, Alaska

In southwestern AK with coastal area on Bering Sea. Established from the former Kuskokwim Division. Name Origin:
For the city.

Area (sq mi):: 45508.46 (land 40633.31; water 4875.15) Population per square mile: 0.40
Population 2005: 17,127 State rank: 6 Population change: 2000-20005 7.00%; 1990-2000 17.20% Population 2000: 16,006 (White 12.20%; Black or African American 0.40%; Hispanic or Latino 0.90%; Asian 1.00%; Other 86.10%). Foreign born: 1.40%. Median age: 25.30
Income 2000: per capita $12,603; median household $35,701; Population below poverty level: 20.60% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $19,392-$22,883
Unemployment (2004): 12.90% Unemployment change (from 2000): 2.30% Median travel time to work: 8.60 minutes Working outside county of residence: 1.50%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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HUNTER: Wesley Williamson, Marlon SC BAND #: 3617-29833 HIZ SPECIES: Pacific Black Brant (M) BANDED: 07/18/05 LOCATION: 20 S Chevak, Bethel Census Area, AK RECOVERED: 01/31/14 LOCATION: 2 miles North from Obregon, Mexico
LOCATION: 20 m S Chevak, Bethel Census Area, Alaska
The Bethel Census Area stretches across nearly 42,000 square miles in Western Alaska, has more than 30 villages, and is one of the state's most highly populated rural regions.
In addition, villagers in the Bethel Census Area can utilize regional clinics in Aniak and Toksook Bay.
The Bethel Census Area is part of the Lower Kuskokwim School District--one of Alaska's largest rural school districts--serving 3,900 K-12 students through 345 teachers and numerous paraprofessionals and support staff.
The Bethel Census Area, which occupies more than 41,000 square miles, rivals the size of Kentucky.
The Bethel Census Area has a small seasonal economic base fueled by natural resources, particularly salmon and herring roe, and subsistence activities.
The Bethel Census Area is marked by high poverty, high unemployment, high costs and low income.
Conversely, the Bethel Census Area tended to lag in median income growth, despite its population size.
"The double-digit unemployment rates are very common for the Bethel census area," she said.
The Bethel census area has experienced moderate employment growth over recent years, Windisch-Cole said.
Together the Nome, Wade Hampton and Bethel census areas encompass the Seward Peninsula in mid-northwest Alaska, reach around Norton Sound, run down the spine of the Nulato Hills and follow the mighty Yukon River into the vast Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

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